Southampton sensation Tyler Dibling could leave St. Mary’s this summer, according to Football Insider, with Newcastle United and Chelsea circling for his signature.
The Lowdown: Dibling’s progression
The 16-year-old worked his way up through the academy ranks on the south coast and has created a name for himself, becoming one of the most highly-rated young talents in England.
His impressive performances across the Saints’ various youth sides last season led him to earn a place on the bench with the senior first-team for their Premier League fixture against Brentford back in May, but this attention has come with eyes elsewhere too, with an exit now looking possible.
The Latest: Competition for Dibling
According to Football Insider, Newcastle and Chelsea are ‘battling it out’ to sign Dibling, with the top-flight duo both ‘registering their interest’ in the ‘sensation’, who they view as a ‘star in the making’.
The source reveals that the Magpies have been ‘keeping tabs’ on the maestro ever since he netted a hat-trick of stunning goals against them in Premier League 2 in April.
It’s stated that the Blues, meanwhile, regard the prospect as a ‘huge talent’ who they feel would be an ‘ideal fit’ for their club as they look to freshen their youth system.
The Verdict: Huge loss
If Southampton were to lose Dibling, it would be a real hammer blow considering he seemingly has the potential to go on and become a regular in Hasenhuttl’s starting XI in years to come.
Last season, the youngster, who was once hailed one of the academy’s ‘shining’ stars by the Austrian boss himself, made 13 goal contributions in just 22 appearances across all of the Saints’ youth competitions, as per Transfermarkt.
Do you think Southampton should let Dibling leave?
Dibling may feel that making the move to perennial trophy-challengers Chelsea or newly-rich Newcastle is the right next step to take in his career though, which could make it extremely difficult for Southampton to stand in his way.
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